Cats wind up under the bed for a variety of reasons and sometimes it can pose quite a challenge to get them back out. Preventing your cat from going under the bed is an easy issue to solve, you simply block their access.
If you don’t have a bed that is already designed to keep things out from underneath it, you have come to the right place. Below we go over some DIY under-bed blockers to keep your kitty from hiding under the bed once and for all.
The 10 DIY Under Bed Blockers for Cats
1. DIY Dresser Drawer Under Bed Storage by Olive & Love
You can personalize this DIY project by decorating to your own heart’s desire. This project gives you all the information you need to create your under-bed storage by using upcycled dresser drawers. The perk? This under-bed storage not only gives you more space to store your items but doubles as the perfect under-bed blocker to keep your kitty from using it as a hiding spot.
Once you find an old dresser, make sure the drawers are an appropriate size for your under-bed measurements. Depending on how old and worn the drawers are, you can sand them, prime, paint, and completely refinish them.
The options for decorating these drawers are endless and can be crafted to fit your style and bedroom décor. In this how-to, they go over how to attach new knobs, insert liners, and even wheels to make it easy to roll back and forth for easy access to the items inside.
2. DIY Under Bed Shelf by Grillo Designs
Whether you want to display décor or store clothes, shoes, or anything else you can think of, placing a DIY shelf underneath the bed will be the perfect option to keep your cat from getting stuck there. For this option, you will need to cover all exposed areas of the bed.
For this project, you will need to take proper measurements and do your construction, since this shelf will need to be custom to the measurements underneath your bed. You will purchase the appropriate lumber, cut it according to your measurements, and customize it as desired.
This particular project may take a little more hands-on work, but it’s well worth it. The possibilities are endless with this project and it extenuates your bedroom décor in a way you do not see very often!
3. DIY Cardboard Under-Bed Blocker by Crafter in the Attic
If you need to put some cardboard Amazon boxes to use rather than just shoving them in the recycling bin, and also need to keep your cat from hiding under your bed, we have the perfect solution for you.
This easy DIY project also doubles as additional storage. You can choose to get creative or just leave the cardboard as is. The DIYer that gave us this genius idea got very creative and even gives you the perfect instructions on how to use fabric, (in this case, a tablecloth) scissors, and glue to make your personalized cardboard storage box that slides easily under the bed.
In these instructions, you will go over how to use glider feet that are meant to be pushed into the bottom of the cardboard storage box so that it can glide smoothly. You can even attach handles that make things that much easier.
4. DIY Trundle Bed by Angela Rose Home
A trundle bed is a fantastic idea to block the gap underneath your bed from your cat while also providing extra sleeping space for guests. Plus, making a trundle bed can be so much fun! This project requires basic woodworking skills, but it could be a great project to improve your skills if you are a woodworking novice.
5. DIY Storage Cubes and Cat Blocker by IKEA Hackers
There is no such thing as too much storage space, so why not block the area under your bed with functional DIY storage cubes? This plan guides you through making the whole bed, but you can quickly adapt it to create an under-bed blocker. You can store books, toys, shoes, or any unique collectibles on the shelves. It also adds a great aesthetic to your bed and your bedroom.
6. DIY Storage Panels and Cat Blocker by Life Storage
If you have limited storage space in your home and a curious cat that always ends up under your bed, you can construct these storage panels to fit snugly under your bed while blocking access to your cat. Using the tutorial guide, you can easily build two panels and customize the measurements for a perfect fit. They also include wheels, so you can roll them out when you need to retrieve something.
7. DIY Pipe Blockers from wikiHow
If an under-bed cat blocker is the only function you are looking for, you can follow this tutorial for a unique but functional DIY cat blocker. This plan uses pipe insulation that you can get from any home improvement store and is easily cut to size. You can also give them a coat of paint to suit your bedroom décor, and once you are done, this functional project will improve the look of your bed while blocking access to your kitty.
8. DIY Pallet Storage Under Bed Blocker by Our House Now a Home
If you are an avid DIYer with extra pallets lying around, you can use them with this tutorial to create an under-bed cat blocker while providing additional storage space! We love this idea because it is a great way to create something functional and valuable while recycling.
Anyone can complete this pallet project and have fun doing it.
9. DIY Faux Bed Frame Cover and Cat Blocker by Campbell House
You can add an under-bed cat blocker and block the gaps between the bed and floor using this great tutorial. It will take a bit of measuring and calculating, but it’s not a difficult project. You can purchase lumber or use scraps and give them a coat of paint. You could also keep it rustic and simple and use a night frill to cover any construction or flaws. This idea will have your bed looking like new while serving as a functional under-bed cat blocker that nothing will get through.
10. DIY Platform Bed by Hometalk
This project helps you turn standard kitchen cabinets into an awesome platform bed that your cat can’t crawl under. If you are planning a kitchen renovation, this is a great project for using your old cabinets. It will provide an abundance of extra storage space, and there is no space for your cat to hide.
Why Do Cats Hide Under Beds?
Cats may prefer hiding under the bed for a variety of reasons, most of which are no cause for concern. Dark, quiet, places away from all the foot traffic can provide them with a secure, safe place to enjoy. On the other hand, sometimes cats will hide under the bed if they are distressed in some way. Here is a list of reasons why your cat may be choosing under your bed as the preferred hideout:
1. Anxiety or Stress
If something in the home is causing your cat to feel uneasy, they make take comfort in the dark, lonely area under your bed that is inaccessible to most in the household. Cats do not respond well to stress and anxiety and a lot of cats will run to an area that makes them feel more safe and secure.
It’s not a secret that cats sleep for most of the day, they may have simply chosen the underneath of your bed as their prime sleeping spot. After all, it’s yours too, you just choose to sleep on top of the bed.
Safety and security are important aspects of life. Your cat’s tendency for hiding out under your bed can simply be due to the safety and comfort it provides. This is likely to happen with cats that are a little more shy and unsure of their environment or new kitties that have just been brought into the house. If a cat that does not normally hide under the bed starts the behavior, that is an indication that something may be off.
4. Health issues
It is natural for cats to hide away when they are ill or injured, a quiet place away from commotion will provide them comfort and a sense of security. Keep an eye out for any concerning symptoms and make sure to contact your veterinarian if you can rule out all the other reasons for under-bed hiding. They can evaluate and help you determine the cause.
As you can see, there are many different ways you can put together a DIY under-bed blocker to keep your kitty from hiding out under there. These DIY projects range from simple and easy, to a bit more creative and time-consuming.
The good news is that you can use one of the simple DIY projects to put in place if you choose one of the more advanced DIYs that require a bit more work. Regardless, there is a cure to keeping your cat out from under the bed and it can even compliment the room!